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ELLIS PhD Program: Call for Applications

  • 10 September 2020

The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems offers an interdisciplinary PhD program. The ELLIS PhD program is a key element of the ELLIS initiative and its goal is to foster and educate the best talent in machine learning related research areas by pairing outstanding students with leading academic and industrial researchers in Europe. The program supports excellent PhDs across Europe by giving them access to leading research through boot camps, summer schools and workshops of the ELLIS programs. Every PhD student is supervised by one ELLIS fellow/scholar and one ELLIS member from a different country and conducts a 1 year exchange at the other location.


New video-based approach to 3D motion capture makes virtual avatars more realistic than ever

  • 17 June 2020

With Video Inference for Body Pose and Shape Estimation (VIBE), scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a neural network that makes video-based 3D motion capture more accurate, faster, and less expensive.

Michael Black Nikos Athanasiou Muhammed Kocabas Valerie Callaghan


Michael J. Black awarded “test of time” prize at the 2020 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)

  • 16 June 2020

Black, a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS), has been awarded the Longuet-Higgins Prize.

The award honors research that has made a significant impact in the research field of computer vision.

Michael Black Valerie Callaghan


Scientists in Tübingen develop 3D head model that can be used to design better-fitting protective gear

  • 24 April 2020

The FLAME model makes it possible to create realistic 3D head shapes capable of accurately mimicking human facial expressions. It could help designers come up with more comfortable protective masks for faces of different shapes and sizes.

Michael Black Timo Bolkart Joachim Tesch Valerie Callaghan


Andreas Geiger selected as Top 40 under 40

  • 21 November 2019

Andreas Geiger has been selected as top 40 under 40 by the capital magazine.

Andreas Geiger


Color patch could throw self-driving vehicles off track

  • 25 October 2019

Researchers send wake-up call to the car industry

A team of researchers in Tübingen show that optical flow systems based on deep neural networks – a likely component of future autonomous cars – are vulnerable to adversarial attacks. The computer vision experts are shaking up the automotive industry by warning car manufacturers around the globe that it could take a simple color pattern to put the brakes on computer vision systems in autonomous cars.

Anurag Ranjan Joel Janai Andreas Geiger Michael Black Linda Behringer


Ten papers accepted at ICCV 2019

  • 26 July 2019

The Perceiving Systems Department, the Embodied Vision Group and the Autonomous Vision Group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems are well represented at one of the world’s leading computer vision conferences taking place in Seoul in October.

Michael Black Andreas Geiger Jörg Stückler Linda Behringer


Siyu Tang appointed Tenure-track Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich

  • 26 July 2019

The research group leader in the Perceiving Systems Department specializes in the development of computer-aided processes for the perception and digitisation of people and their activities in crowded scenes

Siyu Tang Linda Behringer


3rd Computational Vision Summer School - Apply now!

  • 12 March 2019

From 30.6. to 7.7.2019 Application deadline: April 15, 2019

We are organizing the 3rd Computational Vision Summer School from 30.6. to 7.7.2019 in the beautiful black forest, Germany. It is aimed at PhD students and Postdocs with an interest in vision science research. Previous editions were fun, intellectually rewarding events for students and faculty alike. The summer school spans the entire spectrum of vision research from neuroscience and psychophysics to computer vision and fosters discussions at the intersection of biological and artificial vision systems. The school is unique in bringing together people from diverse disciplines in a very familiar atmosphere (only 60 people in total). CVSS is tuition free and accomodation is sponsored by the CRC/1233 Robust Vision.

Andreas Geiger Michael Black Siyu Tang


Michael Black receives UBC Computer Science Department Alumni Research Award 2018

  • 29 November 2018

Michael Black was awarded the University of British Columbia, Computer Science Department, Alumni Research Award 2018.

Michael Black